Our Board of Directors

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We are proud to have such an enthusiastic Board of Directors dedicated to our cause.

Dr Jacquie Rand, BVSc, DVSc, MANZCVS, Dip. ACVIM (Int. Medicine)
Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland

 

Dr Jacquie Rand is an animal lover and long-time pet owner. She graduated from Melbourne University’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program in 1975, and worked in veterinary practice for 8 years. She then spent 4 years doing a combined residency and doctorate program at the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada, followed by 3 years as a senior clinician at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr Rand is a registered specialist in small animal internal medicine in Australia, and a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In 1990 she returned to Australia to take up a senior academic position at the University of Queensland, and was appointed Professor of Companion Animal Health in 2001.

Dr Rand has been actively researching cat and dog nutrition and diabetes for more than 20 years, authoring over 100 journal articles, 115 abstracts, and 42 book chapters in international texts. She is the editor and major author of three books published by Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell.

Key contributions include reducing the percentage of diabetic cats requiring life-long insulin administration from 85% to less than 10% through treatment with a long-acting insulin analogue and an ultra-low carbohydrate diet. These research findings have been implemented world-wide, and are the greatest single advance in management of feline diabetes in over 25 years.

Dr Rand’s research is aimed at improving the health and welfare of companion animals, and increasing the contribution they make to our lives. Currently, she is also involved in research programs in shelter medicine aimed at preventing unwanted and problem pets.

There is no relationship between the University of Queensland and APWF. APWF is a separate Not for Profit organisation working to improve the health and welfare of companion animals.

Dr Helen Swarbrick

 

Dr Helen Swarbrick has shared her house with cats all her life, but loves all animals and is passionate about their welfare. She is the President of Campus Cats NSW (CCNSW), an Australian animal welfare organization and registered charity. Under Dr Swarbrick’s leadership, CCNSW has conducted a highly successful trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for free-living cats on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales in Sydney since 2008. During this period, over 125 resident, immigrant, and transient cats and kittens have been managed under the TNR program. The campus cat population currently stands at 15 cats, all of which are desexed, microchipped and fed on a daily basis.

Dr Swarbrick is also a Professor of Optometry at the University of New South Wales, and has significant experience with scientific research methodology, successful research grant applications, and presentation of scientific findings in research papers and scientific conferences around the world. These generic skills in science and communication compliment the practical animal management skills Dr Swarbrick has acquired through her leadership of the urban stray cat management program on her campus.

Dr Swarbrick presented the interim results of the CCNSW program at the G2Z conference in Surfers Paradise in 2013, and has recently submitted a paper for publication in the journal Animals, presenting a detailed analysis of outcomes of this successful TNR program.

Her current goal is to apply her knowledge and skills to developing effective community cat management programs based on TNR in Sydney and Brisbane, in collaboration with the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation.

Anna Byrne

 

Anna specialises in solving complex people problems and shaping mindsets, decisions and behaviours. Having always been fascinated by people and how we work (both together and individually), she uses a combination of neuroscience, neuropsychology and behavioural economics in her work as a strategic advisor to boards, CEOs and leaders of large corporates and government agencies.

This includes working across a diverse range of areas, including:

» corporate and project strategy;

» cultural, engagement or change initiatives;

» board/leadership dynamics and performance

» effective decision-making; and

» significant business restructures.

Recently, she has also been working internationally on the impact of digitisation on decision-making and digital ethics (an area that combines her formal qualifications in law, psychology and political science).

Anna is passionate about helping leaders of all ages build their skills in tackling complex challenges and maximising their impact. She has co-authored brain-based programs and trainings focused on building personal leadership mastery, including Character-Based Leadership, The Hero’s Journey and Transformational Mastery. Anna also coaches leaders in critical thinking, influence, transformational project management, effective organisational change, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications. She also specialises in ‘visual strategy’, and has co-authored a program on using visual design to drive better decision-making and stakeholder engagement.

An experienced facilitator, Anna speaks internationally (for small and large audiences) on topics ranging from the biology of leadership to digital ethics. She is also co-author of Behavioral Economics for Business (launched in 2016 at the World Bank).

She is the owner of two rescue cats, Jasper and Dash.

Tom Schults

 

Tom Schults has extensive experience in managerial positions in the automotive Industry in the Netherlands and Australia. In 1994, he started his own Company, Mobicon Systems, which manufactures container lifting equipment for the transport industry and importers and exporters. He was a finalist in the Northern Region (Qld and NT) Entrepreneur of the Year, and a winner of the BHP Steel Award.

Simone Dejun

 

Simone is an in-house corporate lawyer, experienced in regulatory and compliance matters. She has worked supporting the company secretary of an ASX listed corporate group of more than 45 companies over 8 countries. She holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Business, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and is currently studying a Master of Laws.

Simone is passionate about animal welfare and environmentalism, and strongly supports the aims of the APWF in balancing the benefits of companion animal ownership against the environmental impact of stray pets.

Simone adores cats – she collects mugs and other cat trinkets.

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